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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 194
  • ISBN: 0-345-48632-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Suzuka Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     November 29, 2006
Release Date: November 28, 2006

Suzuka Vol.#02
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Seo Kouji
Translated by:David Ury
Adapted by:David Ury

What They Say
After moving from the boonies to downtown Tokyo, Yamato toils at his aunt's all-girl apartment complex. But along with free room and board, he gets to live right next door to Suzuka, the girl of his dreams.

Yamato is sure that he's in love with Suzuka, but what's the next step? If he tells her how he feels, it could ruin their friendship. But when Yamato unexpectedly breaks a high school track-and-field record, Suzuka suddenly seems possibly romantically interested. The words "I love you" dance on the tip of Yamato's tongue. But once he utters them, his life will change forever!

The Review
Yamato just doesn't seem to have any real redeeming qualities. He is easily confused, irresponsible and a little naive. He does not tend to work diligently. And when it comes to understanding other people's feelings the kid is utterly and completely lost. He cannot understand his friends or his family very well. So it is not hard to believe he has had the darndest time getting to figure out Suzaka. This is even more evident since she can see he is just a nice dope, also.

This latest volume of Suzuka tries to remedy that. Seo-sensei attempts to create a scenario where aimless Yamato might find himself being wanted. Moreover, there might even be people competing for him on a few levels. This is obviously setting up an opportunity for the required love-triangle (a staple of every shonen romance), but it has a dual purpose. Yamato can finally be shown in a light where he is no longer the everyday shonen dud. And with his new skills revolving around sports (in this case Track & Field), Seo has even more reason for Yamato to get closer and open up along side of Suzuka. So with them being neighbors, classmates and teammates becoming lovers must be a given. Right.

These shonen romances are never that simple. Tales like this are prolonged by awkward dates at the amusement park and the occasional miscommunication at the school shoe boxes. Suzuka has all of that. And if you have a feeling you have read this?c Well sure you have. The only difference here is that Seo does not let feelings drag on for long. Soon enough the pressure is on. Hearts are unloading their baggage and kids are actually left deciding their romantic futures two volumes into a series. Now that's a change ain't it. When was the last time you have seen that (Love Roma). But when was the last time you read a sports manga. Either way, nice comeback from a derivative series like this.


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